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It Starts with Us: ‘Rock the Boat’

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, April 26 for It Starts With Us: Rock the Boat. This session will demonstrate a resource using Research-based Theatre (RbT) that will illustrate the challenges that arise from the inherent power dynamics in supervisory relationships and will prompt dialogue about how to foster healthy and respectful supervisory relationships and improve wellbeing for all involved parties.

Topic: It Starts With Us: Rock the Boat, Reimagining Graduate Supervisory Relationships and Applying Lessons to Other Contexts
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm PDT
Registration: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5wkdeqprjkvGdYJ8106b7JfK3y91LXRBCup

Rock the Boat is an open educational resource that uses Research-based Theatre (RbT). We hope audience members will leave the session with insights that will drive long-term behavioural and attitudinal change.

The session will highlight the interconnectedness of faculty, staff, and graduate student mental health/wellbeing. By experiencing a scene together, audience members can discuss sensitive issues in light of their shared experience, commenting on characters and situations rather than their own stories. Shifting the focus to these scripted scenes may decrease the psychological toll of engaging in dialogue and participants may also benefit from insight into how others experience such situations.

We will begin with an overview of our RbT project, Rock the Boat, and the principles underlying it. Participants will then watch a professionally acted and edited scene depicting tensions emerging during an interaction between a graduate student and their supervisor and participate in a facilitated, small group discussion about the scene.